We stock various types of fabrics for Church vestments and cassocks. Some of our fabrics are used for our superior vestments, while others are used for our high-quality Church cassocks. Please review the options below to become familiar with the type of fabric you would like to use in your next Borislav’s Vestment!

If you have any additional questions about the fabrics for vestments, please contact us. We’re more than happy to help you find the right Church garment for your specific need.

We also carry some of the most authentic fabrics available. From our German and Russian velvet to our Eastern European wool, we take special care to purchase and use only the best products to create your one-of-a-kind Borislav’s Vestment! We love to hear your feedback, so make sure to let us know if you have a special fabric you would like to use by emailing us.

Liturgical Vestment Fabrics

Brocade is our class of richly decorative shuttle-woven fabrics, that are often made in colored silks and with gold and/or silver threads. Brocade vestments are superior to all the rest. If you’re looking for the regal nature of Orthodox liturgical vestments, look no further. Our ornamental features in the brocade, such as crosses or angles, are emphasized and wrought as additions to the main fabric. Sometimes brocade can stiffen fabric, but our tailors use techniques that minimize this effect. Brocade may also may have a slightly raised relief due to the heavy thread or gold used in it’s construction. In some brocading, distinctive appearances on the back of the material where the supplementary weft or floating threads of the broached parts hang in loose groups. This is an unacceptable policy and our tailors overlay silk fabric on the opposite side to allow for a smooth texture next to the skin.
Notice the ornate patterns of grapes leaves and grape clusters on the sample picture to the left. This is true hand-crafted embroidery work. Also, you will notice the icon of our Savior located within the high-back section of the vestment; this is a custom icon which uses embroidery techniques to create the perfect orthodox liturgical vestments. Embroidery is the art or handicraft of decorating fabric or other materials with needle and thread or yarn. Embroidery may also incorporate other materials such as metal strips, pearls, beads, quills, and sequins. Most of the vestments that you see worn today, employ the use of embroidery. Our fabrics and patterns are embroidered by hand, while others are embroidered by machines, depending on the difficulty of the pattern.
Combination vestments could very well be the pinnacle of all garments worn by clergy. As you will notice, the vestment on the left is divided into three sections: the embroidered top, the Church silk in the middle and finally more embroidery at the bottom. We can supplement the Church silk for brocade fabric, making it extraordinary! Our combination orthodox liturgical vestments are some of the most unique pieces of clergy garments that you’ll see on the market. For one section of the garment, brocade fabric will be used, and for another section, light Church silk with embroidery will be used. Utilizing these materials in this way creates an amazing contrast of patterns that work together to create one-of-a-kind pieces. The Church teaches that icons are art, but indeed, our combination vestments are works of art themselves!
Velvet is a type of woven tufted fabric in which the cut threads are evenly distributed, with a short dense pile, giving it a distinct feel. When a Church vestment is made with velvet, it adds an element of royalty that the Church so greatly deserves. Velvet orthodox liturgical vestments are warm and can give the clergy member an added boost of protection against the elements, especially for priests that may serve parishes in the northern latitudes.
Church silk is divided into two major categories: light silk and heavy silk. Church silk is not like regular silk in that it has unique patterns and designs that are exclusive to the Orthodox Church and it’s traditions. Church silk is the most common form of fabric used in Orthodox liturgical vestments to date. No other fabric is more popular, and with popularity, comes great variations in the product. Russian, Greek, Ukrainian and other ethnic Orthodox groups design and produce these silks in large factories and then those silks are distributed to local shopkeepers, and from there, professional tailors buy them. They are by far, one of the most unique entities of Orthodox tradition. Gradually, certain Church silks become unavailable, which makes them extremely valuable. Others patterns are made daily. If you have a pattern that you like, please let us know!

Cassock Fabrics

Monkry Sholk means “wet silk” and is a wonderful fabric that resists wrinkles so well that it’s virtually wrinkle-free. It’s 100% natural silk from Russia and wears magnificently as a stand-alone cassock for everyday use, or under formal vestments. It’s light and great for summertime use. Be careful with incense ashes and flames at Church because it can damage this fabric in less than a second. the example on the left is a green, Greek-style orthodox liturgical cassock with green silk embroidery.
Our poly-cotton is our most affordable fabric, and it’s also the most durable. It’s about 50/50 poly/cotton, respectively, and is a great winter-time material for a cassock due to it’s heavy nature. Although it’s not recommended for summertime, it can be used in Spring and/or Fall comfortably. If you’re on a budget, this could be the fabric for you. The example on the left is using black, silk embroidery with the poly-cotton fabric.
Melanzh is cotton-poly blend but the ratio is much different; it’s almost entirely cotton. It’s a 89/11 ratio, cotton-to-poly respectively which gives it enough breathability to keep you cool in the summer, and warm in the winter. It’s extremely durable and will give you years of service regardless of the climate. Clergy is Russian and the Ukraine wear this as well as clergy in Hawaii. You’ll want to iron this material often as it has a tendency to wrinkle, but once ironed, it’s not easy to cause creases. This type of cassock fabric is great for new clergy too. The example cassock on the left is made in melanzh and has minimal silk embroidery.
Viskose is a synthetic silk and is our premium fabric that should only be chosen if you want the best. Light and comfortable, yet strong and durable, this fabric encompasses the entire spectrum of cassock necessities. This fabric lasts a lifetime and can withstand adjustments in the material very well. The thread count is extremely high, giving viskoza our highest stamp of approval. It’s a must-have. The cassock on the left is a Greek-style cassock with blue, silk embroidery around the sleeves and cuffs.
Titanic is a word that means “huge” and this fabric definitely carries the name well. This cassock material is very popular in Russian and is mainly an Eastern-European fabric. It’s synthetic and feels exactly like a rayon-silk blend. Each individual thread is encased in another group of threads which gives this fabric a “shine” that cannot be rivaled by other fabrics. The cassock on the left is a Russian-style cassock that has an additional silk lining inside that keeps the clergy member warm in the winter, but it’s not uncomfortable at all in the summer months. This is one of our favorite fabrics.
Silk needs no formal introduction of it’s own. If you’ve ever worn 100% all-natural silk next to your skin, then you know how God’s little creations can produce the best naturally-occurring fabric known to man. Silk is lightweight, yet super-strong. It’s great for cassocks because when a clergy member serves, it doesn’t get in the way and doesn’t bog down while serving. The cassock on the left is a white, Russian Old-Believer style with hand embroidery along the front seam with full-length buttons.
Twill is a type of textile weave with a pattern of diagonal parallel ribs (in contrast with a satin and plain weave). Technically, a cassock that is twill can be made with any specific fabric that you like. However, we only use a cotton-poly blend for our twill cassocks. It is used exclusively for our outer-cassocks or riassas. The example on the left is a twill, black Greek-style riassa cassock with an additional silk liner to give it a more solid structure. It’s the best fabric for riassas on the market.
Wool is a wonderful naturally-occurring fiber that gets a little coaxing from Mankind. Once it’s spun into thread and woven, it creates the best fabric to use for clothing especially when you want to keep warm and dry. We use a lot of wools in our outer-cassocks (riassas). Outer-cassocks should be slightly thicker than inner-cassocks and provide a level of protection against the elements.